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Race, Sport and Politics: The Sporting Black Diaspora (Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society) 1st Edition

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From tennis to soccer, basketball to boxing, football to golf, the visibility of black athletes within global popular culture is beyond dispute. Rejecting the view that the level playing field of sport provides compelling evidence that we have moved beyond the racial inequalities of the past, Race, Sport and Politics suggests instead that sport has long constituted an important site of struggle for racist and anti-racist projects alike, and that ideas about the "the black athlete" persist as central to contemporary racial politics. In this intellectual tour-de-force, Carrington navigates the troubling contradictions of race and sport, helping us see that when we forgo blind celebration of the exploits of black athletes we might see new paths for racial progress
Patricia Hill Collins
Distinguished University Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland

Ben Carrington's book makes a striking contribution to a critical understanding of the troubled relationship between sport and 'race'. In creating a rare discursive space from which 'the black athlete' can speak beyond the usual clichés, and challenging insidious essentialisms that aspire to be progressive, he demonstrates convincingly the deep influence of sport on contemporary racialised meanings and ideologies
David Rowe
Centre for Cultural Research (CCR), University of Western Sydney

Despite the growth in scholarship on sport and culture in the last two decades, issues of race have received far less attention than is warranted. Ben Carrington's book Race Sport and Politics offers a valuable addition to the field. It is a fresh, lively and stimulating discussion that should constitute a key starting point for all lecturers, students and general readers with an interest in sport and culture
Garry Whannel
Centre for International Media Analysis, Research and Consultancy (CIMARC), University of Bedfordshire

About the Author

Ben Carrington teaches sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, and is a Carnegie Visiting Research Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University. His research interests include the politics of race and sport within the black Diaspora, masculinity and national identity formation, and the nature of cultural resistance within the arena of popular culture.

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Product Details

  • Series: Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 1 edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412901030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412901031
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Ben Carrington has degrees from Loughborough University and Leeds Metropolitan University. He has taught at Brighton University and currently teaches sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is widely regarded as one the leading international authorities on the sociology of race, especially in relation to sports culture, and has given keynote addresses on these topics around the world in places such as Canada, Barbados, England and Denmark. He is currently working on a book about black politics and the Caribbean diaspora. One right-wing website once noted that Ben Carrington "is a typical academic that inserts two parts race and one part gender into every issue with a twist of Marx", a description he quite likes. Despite numerous appearances on television and radio as an expert talking-head, and contrary to the rumors, he has never appeared in Dynasty.

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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Hamann on December 26, 2013
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This book is written at an extremely high level of vocabulary so unless you are a graduate level I would not consider this book. I have more than one masters degree and I still had to look up some things and reread some places to get the gist of it. If you have to read it for class or are especially interested in this topic don't read it. The author is British and some of what he says is more meaningful if you are from or know Europe well.
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